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The Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Unloading Sunday October 8

Our pumpkins are scheduled to arrive on Sunday, October 8, and all hands are needed for unloading!  All youth and families are needed to be available for unloading which takes place at noon following worship.  Wear or bring old clothes and tennis shoes. There will be pizza for lunch and we will work to get the truck unloaded and pumpkins in place — this usually takes no more than 2-3 hours!  There are jobs for folks of all ages — young children are welcome to help!  NOTE:  Pumpkin unloading does NOT count as one of your required sales shifts!

Pumpkin Selling – What You Need to Know

  1. Every youth does 3 shifts.
  2. Every youth parent (or immediate family member) does 3 shifts.
  3. If the family has more than 1 child in youth group, they are not requiredto do 3 shifts for each child.  HOWEVER, they are strongly encouraged to do more than just 3 total.
  4. One weekend shift per youth is required.
    5. One weekend shift per parent (regardless of how many the family has in youth group) is required.
  5. The first weekend (October 13/14/15) is especially busy and needs the most help.
  6. Pumpkin Credit = $100 one time use towards one trip.  You must still pay any deposit associated with the trip. Credit cannot be split across multiple trips.
  7. All youth and youth families are asked to help with pumpkin unloading on October 8 at 12:00.
  8. Families and youth sign up for shifts on Sign-Up Genius (link coming soon)
  9. At the patch, detailed instructions are in the big pumpkin notebook.
  10. People who have the closing shift will be contacted by a pumpkin mama to see if they know what to do.
  11. Youth DO NOT touch the cash box.
  12. Youth should always either be out in the patch assisting customers or helping turn the pumpkins – not sitting down at the table with the cell phones.


Why Do We Sell Pumpkins?

Pumpkin sales are a long-standing tradition (25 plus years) at Highland as a fundraiser for the youth program.  The youth program is a line item in the church budget, meaning that we receive funds from the church just as other groups do; however, our youth program is large and busy and we cannot operate on just the funds we receive through the regular church budget.


People in the area near Highland come each year to buy pumpkins from us.  They look forward to taking photos of their children in the pumpkin patch, and we have families who have come for many years and have photos of their kids each Halloween at Highland!  It is an opportunity to share about our church as people ask questions about the youth program and other events!



Where Do We Get the Pumpkins?

Our pumpkins come from a native American reservation in New Mexico.  Our pumpkin sales support the people living on the reservation who farm the pumpkins for a living.


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